J. P. Botting

Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (3 of 4)
Location: Nanjing, China (for a while)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,321,479 - Total Helpful Votes: 3 of 4
Leap the Wild Water by Jenny Lloyd
Leap the Wild Water by Jenny Lloyd
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, 21 May 2013
This isn't the sort of book I normally read, but I was intrigued by the setting, and from the first few pages it seemed to be well written, so I gave it a go. I'm very glad I did. One of the hardest aspects of writing about a time in the past is surely to make it seem real. Too many authors either fail to find the right details, or they throw in so much scholarship that they're just showing off. All too often, a lot is made of how backward life was before we learned to be civilized; there is always a background sense of judgement of an inferior society. Jenny has managed to avoid all that, and has created a beautifully realised setting that the characters inhabit naturally. The minutiae of… Read more
The Wind That Shakes The Barley ~ Loreena McKennitt
The Wind That Shakes The Barley ~ Loreena McKennitt
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have virtually all of Loreena's work, and she has been for many years my favourite performer (and seen live, perhaps even better). This album seems to have disappointed quite a lot of people here, with comments such as being uninspired, dreary or showing a lack of imagination. Those who really enjoyed it seem to have been the ones who found that her recent albums have been getting repetetive. I don't normally write reviews, but I see things a bit differently here.

There's no doubt that this recording is less immediately original than her middle-eastern style music - but that's the point of a traditional album. It's trying to achieve something else instead. If you compare it… Read more